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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Emily Ritchie

Count on Me Ju­dah Kelly UMA Ju­dah Kelly, this year’s win­ner of the Nine Net­work’s vo­cal com­pe­ti­tion The Voice, recorded this al­bum in just 10 days. It con­tains a mix­ture of orig­i­nal tunes and cov­ers, with an over­whelm­ingly Mo­town and coun­try in­flu­ence. The in­stru­men­tal ac­com­pa­ni­ment is sim­ple and repet­i­tive, but this en­sures Kelly’s voice is high­lighted. The ti­tle track and first sin­gle was well re­ceived by the Aus­tralian pub­lic and mea­sur­ing by iTunes down­loads Kelly has been the most suc­cess­ful artist to win the com­pe­ti­tion since in­au­gu­ral win­ner Karise Eden. If I Go is a stand­out track, of­fer­ing rhyth­mic dif­fer­ence and a smooth vo­cal line. Sadly the cov­ers, in­clud­ing Mi­ley Cyrus’s The Climb and Chris Sta­ple­ton’s Ten­nessee Whiskey, of­fer scant dif­fer­ences from the orig­i­nal tunes. Per­haps it would have been bet­ter to choose songs from a dif­fer­ent genre and in­ter­pret them with a coun­try flavour, rather than these bor­ing re­makes of al­ready vastly pop­u­lar tunes. It’s a shame the win­ners of these tal­ent com­pe­ti­tions have to pro­duce ma­te­rial with such short dead­lines. This se­verely lim­its nat­u­ral cre­ativ­ity, which is ev­i­dent in their re­leases and ul­ti­mately leads to their in­evitable spi­ral into ir­rel­e­vance. It isn’t easy to re­call the names of many of the pre­vi­ous win­ners of The Voice and, sadly, with­out stag­ing an im­pres­sive in­de­pen­dent come­back such as Matt Corby’s or Vera Blue’s, Kelly could be­come just as for­get­table within a few months. Such is the na­ture of the beast.

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